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When Your Cups Runneth Over... It's Time for a New Bra

by Linda of "Carpool Goddess"
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Apparently, I’m wearing the wrong size bra. And, to my chagrin, I have been for years. This little nugget came to me while in the dressing room at a local swanky store known for it’s lingerie department. A place where the saleswomen are skilled, overzealous, and without any concept of modesty.

The young, perky saleswoman – let’s call her Amber – parked herself in my dressing room and “sized” me up with her eye-balls. She used the measuring tape to confirm what she already knew. How did she know?

With one swift move she removed the selections I brought with me and said she’d be right back with my proper size, a blah blah.

Well, there is just no way, NO WAY AT ALL. This can’t possibly be true? Her measuring tape must be wrong.

Yes, I might have gained a few (or ten) pounds over the last few years. But, I’m pretty sure they distributed themselves mostly around my muffin-top and derriere. I mean, I am not completely blind, I did notice I was looking, shall we say, a bit more abundant. But I thought the discomfort was just acid reflux.

So I tried on the new, larger bras. They fit perfectly. It was like an outer-body experience. I finally asked Amber if I could have a moment alone. When did this happen? I kept asking myself over and over shaking my head in disbelief. Ungrateful that my cup runneth over. How had Amber known, what I clearly had not for so long?

Skulking to the cashier, I realized I had officially joined the ranks of my other bosomy relatives; a blessing, or a curse I have yet to decide, but I’m sure there is a lesson in here somewhere.

Have you ever been surprised by your true bra size? How did you feel when you realized you were wearing the wrong size perhaps your whole life? And as women, are we too preoccupied with this measurement?

Linda Wolff writes the lifestyle blog Carpool Goddess where she shows us that midlife, motherhood and the empty nest aren’t so scary. Her essays have been published in numerous anthologies, and is a frequent contributor on Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, What The Flicka, and many more. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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